Assassins and Templars: Two Sides of the Same Coin

 

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed takes you on a trip across many different lifetimes and many different places. From the Holy Land to the American Colonies, Assassin’s Creed doesn’t skimp on vivid locale and scenery. However, once you get past the beautiful background and historically significant locations, an engaging plot catches your attention. A centuries old battle between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order is the reoccurring theme throughout each of the games. Both strive for the perfect world but each want to obtain and maintain it through significantly different ways. The Templars want a perfect, utopia, one ruled by order and severe control. However, the Assassins want a utopia where a person’s freedom and individuality is not challenged or debated. As such, these two factions have never gotten along.

 

The Templar Cross (Left) and the Assassin Symbol (Right)

Human nature can be seen through these history of these two factions. While maintaining a similar goal, both want to obtain it in different ways. As such, their differing beliefs, conformity and individuality, keep them apart. People naturally separate from one another because of differing beliefs. Political parties are an obvious example of this. As such, the conflict between the Assassins and Templars in Assassin’s Creed can be seen as the natural shift between people throughout history. Political parties, extremist groups, cults, and religious factions are created as a result of this difference. That division of beliefs is what makes different factions; it’s what created the Templars and Assassins. Humans are meant to have differing views, different ideals. That is what makes them so diverse and changing.

 

This natural division is what will make both the Assassins’ and Templars’ goals unreachable. Regardless of approach, a perfect world is impossible. As long as humans continue to have differing ideals, and they will, this utopia will never happen. However, the two factions are too busy fighting each other to realize this. Humans will always be different, will always be divided. We will always develop our own opinions and values. So, these two different utopias can’t happen as long as we are who we are. However, the Assassins are on the right track when it comes to the utopia. They want to maintain individuality but that comes with people like the Templars. Perhaps the Assassins had already achieved that perfect world and they just haven’t noticed yet.

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